End of the Year SS Update

Secondary Social Studies

Secondary Learning Network

As you head off to into Summer break - please know that your feedback from our instructional resources survey were taken into consideration for the revisions made to our learning network and curriculum resources:

  • Alignment to the NCSSS C3 Framework to drive students into inquiry based learning
  • Vocabulary focused on benchmark language
  • Pacing that is reasonable for differentiation.
  • Tier 2/ Tier 3 resources
  • Essential Standards identified
  • Formative Performance Tasks Suggestions
  • CFAs developed for core classes within myProgress

19-20 Social Studies SLN

Curriculum Revisions will be complete by July 1st.

As always your feedback to the resources drives our team, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us to share your thoughts.


Congratulations to our Florida History Day Winners!

We are so proud of these students and their commitment to historical research. Our 1st and 2nd place winners will be moving forward to the National History Day competition in June in Maryland.

Emily Schuler- LOLHS-3rd place in Senior Individual Documentary

Andy Nguyen- AHS-3rd place in Senior Group Exhibit

Mindy Do- CCMHS- 2nd place in Senior Individual Website

Freddy Bowen-CRSMS- 2nd place in Junior Paper

Maegan Smarkusky- SSMS-1st place Junior Individual Website

MJ World History - Cengage Instructional Materials Implementation Plan

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High School Consumables

Pearson & EMC consumables will be ordered in the summer. Administration will be putting in their request to our department and materials will arrive prior to the new school year. If you have any questions regarding consumables, please do not hesitate to email Tina.

Medal of Honor Secondary Summer Professional Learning

There is also an opportunity to receive additional learning around the Medal of Honor Character Development Curriculum on June 4th at Sanders Memorial Elementary- please see the flyer below for more information. Professional development points will be offered for this training and all content area teachers are encouraged to attend. Please hurry as spots are filling up - as this is open to all neighboring counties. You must register with the Medal of Honor site to attend - at www.themedalofhonor.com - Click Events

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Summer Professional Development In County

If you have any questions or difficulty registering for any of the listed PD - please email Tina.

Together We Learn: Please join us July 29th - July 31st - a variety of sessions to launch you into a great 2019-2020 school year. Please see flyer and sessions program linked below.

You can use the Session Program to preview the schedule and review session descriptions. Registration for the sessions offered during Together We Learn will be available in myPGS starting July 8th. An email will be sent to all Pasco Staff when registration opens on July 8th.

This year, Together We Learn will take place at J. W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey from July 29th – July 31st.

Review the Session Program Here

If you are planning on attending any of the days of Together We Learn, please use the link below to RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Please note, this is not a registration form. You will need to register for the sessions you plan to attend when registration opens on July 8th in myPGS.


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Out of County -Summer Learning Opportunities

  • The FTE Institute on The Environment and The Economy is scheduled for June 24 – 27, 2019 at the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Marriott North. It is open to all social studies / science teachers / curriculum specialists. Register by going to the following link.

  • The Florida Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce dates for the 2019 FGA Summer Institute! This series of workshops and tours allows educators from all across Florida to connect, share ideas and work diligently to bring fun new resources to the community. Each session aims to connect our educators with their local environment, their peers, and the innate curiosity that inspires us everyday to improve and uplift our students.

Session One will take place July 18th - 20th, 2019 at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, FL. Food and lodging for 3 days are provided, as well as lesson resources and lots of fun swag. The theme of this year's workshop is building an outdoor classroom, which will be the star of the Institute as a whole.

A second session is scheduled for July 25th - 27th, 2019 at the FGA headquarters in Tallahassee, FL. More information will be announced soon!

The Alliance is teaming up with regional organizations to bring this exciting opportunity to life, including the amazing folks at Project Wild, Williams Middle Magnet School and Lettuce Lake Park. If you are interested in reserving a spot for the Institute, sign up for the Interest List here.

USF Stavros Center:

Sustainability Superheroes Imagine the Possibilities of a World Without Waste Through the Circular Economy

  • The first 60 teachers who register and attend, and have not already attended one of the Sustainability Superheroes workshops, will receive a $50.00 stipend.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Location: Gus A. Stavros Center, University of South Florida Tampa Campus, College of Education

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm (dinner begins at 5:30 pm)

Register here

Teaching Tips for AP Economics: Foundations of Free Enterprise

by the USF Tampa, Gus A. Stavros Center

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 or Wednesday, July 31, 2019,5:00 p .m. – 7:00 p.m.

Focus includes:

· Improving student learning by investigating the image and substance of capitalism (the moral foundations of capitalism) and increasing the reality and relevance of economics education (making better decisions).

· Creating an engaging economics curriculum by using complimentary and free resources such as comprehensive curriculum matrices, interactive lessons, edited video clips, and standardized test questions.

· Raising student scores on the AP exams by incorporating AP-style formative assessments.

· Examining the most difficult key concepts for teachers to teach and students to master.

Dinner will be provided as part of the workshop. Space is limited, so sign up early.

To register, go on-line (www.usf.edu/stavros). For questions email (dpscott@usf.edu), or call 813-974-2175.

  • Florida Council for History Education Conference 2019 - August 2nd and 3rd in St. Augustine, Florida. To register visit their site.

Updates on Legislation Per FCSS Legislative Contact

This is taken directly from correspondence from our legislative contact for the Florida Council of the Social Studies. More clarification will be forthcoming in the Fall.

HB 741–anti-Semitism is to be treated in the same manner as racial discrimination. It also defines anti-Semitism and includes criticizing Israeli actions without context or unreasonably within that definition.

HB 7071-removes the financial literacy standards from economics and creates a separate Financial Literacy high school elective. Districts are now required to offer a Financial Literacy elective, however, the elective is not required to be taken by students. The legislature sees this as a step forward. The requirement for financial literacy instruction for graduation is still required, so the Economics with Financial Literacy course will remain.

HB 807- requires a comprehensive review and potential revision of K-12 civic education benchmarks and related resources. The legislation identifies the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, iCivics, the Bill of Rights institute, Gilder Lehrman, ConSource, and Hillsdale College as the lead review organizations, with other stakeholders and organizations able to contribute. At this point, we don’t know how they will implement this, but it is likely to affect Civics and Government in Florida. Ironically, Florida is recognized nationally for its strong civic education approach. So this will be interesting and definitely have an impact.

SB7030- implements the recommendations of the MSD high school public safety commission and allows districts to authorize select teachers to have access to firearms on campus. Interpret and respond as you will. Currently, about half the districts will not authorize this and half will.

SB 1342 makes it easier for kids to take part in dual enrollment, lowering the GPA to 2.5 and prohibits limitations on student participation.

SB 1726 gives more control to parents to ‘direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children.’ This is primarily targeting sex ed and lgbtq issues, but can potentially impact social studies.

Exec Order 19-32 requires a review and revision of math and ELA standards to remove any and all vestiges of ‘common core’ and orders new attention on preparing kids with ‘American civics’, among other things. FCSS is one of the stakeholder organizations asked to provide feedback. You will get more on this next week. Please note that the time frame is incredibly compressed. Revisions and reviews are expected by May 24.

On The Horizon - Save the Dates

August 7th - Content PD during -Pre-planning Week

MJ World History - Cengage Instructional Resources PD - Curriculum Launch

Holocaust History/ I-Witness PD

Happy Summer!

Our final note in our newsletter is to say THANK YOU! Thank you for a wonderful year of growth, student engagement, and encouraging the of love Social Studies. Erika and I wish you a wonderful Summer of relaxation and many adventures.

Keep in Touch Over The Summer

We will be here over the summer - please do not hesitate to reach out to us over the summer months if you have any questions or concerns.